The Snoring Spectrum

In: Snoring

1 Aug 2014

The Snoring SpectrumSnoring is an acoustic phenomenon generated by vibrating tissue structures in the upper airway during sleep. Several studies have identified the anatomic structures involved in snoring using radiographic cephalometry, CT scanning, MRI, and videoendoscopy.
Previous investigations have centered around observations that snoring may be a risk factor in the development of systemic arterial hypertension, coronary artery disease, and stroke. Recent literature suggests that increased upper airway resistance associated with snoring can lead to a transient sleep disturbance resulting in daytime somnolence. The pathogenic mechanisms leading to these transient events during sleep have been described and subsequently reported as the upper airway resistance syndrome.
Snoring is known to be an important symptom of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome or the upper airway resistance syndrome. However, data suggest that a reliable diagnosis of a clinically significant breathing abnormality during sleep cannot be made based solely on a patient’s history of noisy respiration during sleep.
It may be that “simple” snoring does not exist because when the sleep of a bed partner is disturbed snoring constitutes a social nuisance this canadian health & care mall. The sleep disturbance to the bed partner has been linked to chronic insomnia and its consequences. Previous research also suggests that snoring constitutes excessive bedroom noise exposure and may cause hearing problems.
Regulatory standards have been established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to limit noise exposure in the workplace. Federal and state agencies have set standards for acceptable noise levels in commercial and residential areas. Regulatory agencies have set building standards to ensure acoustic damping of environmental ambient sound to preserve a peaceful environment inside the home. No systematic study has attempted to relate the amount of sound generated by snoring to noise levels that have been deemed by regulatory agencies to cause hearing problems, or to levels that may disrupt the sleep of a bed part.

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